Vintage Smith(?) hand vise

rstl99

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In a grouping of used watchmaker pliers I recently purchased for my hobby was this most interesting tool, which I gather is a hand vise. It's stamped "J.SMITH" on the lower part of one of the handles, which I assume is the maker. I love the feel and heft of this tool in my hand. Pure "form follows function", it exudes honesty of manufacture and purpose. Not being a machinist I look at it and marvel at how it might have been put together, the two halves joined, the spring dovetailed into one of the handles, how the steel rectangular locking ring was inserted, etc.

If this has specific purposes in watch/clockmaking or repair other than being an excellent hand vise, I'd love to know. Thanks. 313139.jpg 313140.jpg 313141.jpg 313142.jpg 313143.jpg
 

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Thank you Johnny, I hope to enjoy using mine as much as you do yours.
BTW, I clicked on your homepage link and wanted to congratulate you on the beautiful clocks you've made.
--Robert
 
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